1 Corinthians 4:12
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New International Version
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

King James Bible
And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

Darby Bible Translation
and labour, working with our own hands. Railed at, we bless; persecuted, we suffer [it];

World English Bible
We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure.

Young's Literal Translation
and labour, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Working with our own hands - They were obliged to labor in order to supply themselves with the necessaries of life while preaching the Gospel to others. This, no doubt, was the case in every place were no Church had been as yet formed: afterwards, the people of God supplied their ministers, according to their power, with food and raiment.

Being reviled, we bless, etc. - What a most amiable picture does this exhibit of the power of the grace of Christ! Man is naturally a proud creature, and his pride prompts him always to avenge himself in whatever manner he can, and repay insult with insult. It is only the grace of Christ that can make a man patient in bearing injuries, and render blessing for cursing, beneficence for malevolence, etc. The apostles suffered an indignities for Christ's sake; for it was on his account that they were exposed to persecutions, etc.

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labour.

1 Corinthians 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he stayed with them, and worked: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

Acts 20:34 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to them that were with me.

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you...

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor and travail night and day...

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men...

being reviled.

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you...

Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Romans 12:14,20 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not...

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously:

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called...

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses...

being persecuted.

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

1 Peter 3:14 But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

1 Peter 4:12-14,19 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you...

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Riches are not forever; and doth the crown endure to every generation?--PROV. 27:24. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.--Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.--Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there will your
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Of the Character of the Unregenerate.
Ephes. ii. 1, 2. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. AMONG all the various trusts which men can repose in each other, hardly any appears to be more solemn and tremendous, than the direction of their sacred time, and especially of those hours which they spend in the exercise of public devotion.
Philip Doddridge—Practical Discourses on Regeneration

Of Orders.
Of this sacrament the Church of Christ knows nothing; it was invented by the church of the Pope. It not only has no promise of grace, anywhere declared, but not a word is said about it in the whole of the New Testament. Now it is ridiculous to set up as a sacrament of God that which can nowhere be proved to have been instituted by God. Not that I consider that a rite practised for so many ages is to be condemned; but I would not have human inventions established in sacred things, nor should it be
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

Letter I (Circa 1120) to the Canons Regular of Horricourt
To the Canons Regular of Horricourt [1] Their praises inspire him with more fear than satisfaction. They ought not to put any obstacle in the way of the religious profession of certain regular canons of S. Augustine, whom he has received at Clairvaux. To the Superior of the holy body of clerics and servants of God who are in the place which is called Horricourt, and to their disciples: the little flock of the brothers of Clairvaux, and their very humble servant, Brother Bernard, wish health, and
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
John 15:20
Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

Acts 18:3
and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Romans 12:14
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

2 Corinthians 11:8
I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you.

Ephesians 4:28
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

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